By some estimates, less than 10% of people vote while experiencing homelessness, even though 60% of the homeless population was eligible to vote as of 2008. By comparison, 67% of U.S. voters cast a ballot in 2020. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has released guides as the first of many efforts to address this election inequity.
People can vote without a permanent address, and homeless providers can help through nonpartisan registration and get-out-the-vote efforts. This work is more important than ever.
People experiencing homelessness must be meaningfully included in policymaking. These guides include information from the Federal Voting Assistance Program, Election Assistance Commission, Department of Housing and Urban Development, League of Women Voters, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Coalition for the Homeless and Election Protection.